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Nuke agency cautious on North Korea visit

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VIENNA (AP) -- A U.N. nuclear agency letter shared with The Associated Press shows the International Atomic Energy Agency is being cautious on an offer from North Korea to allow agency experts back into the country.

The March 30 letter was circulated internally among the IAEA's 35 member nations.

In it, IAEA head Yukiya Amano expresses thanks for the March 16 invitation by North Korean Atomic Energy head Ri Je Son and says his agency will follow it up "in a constructive spirit."

But the letter appears to make some linkage between an IAEA mission to the North, and a Feb. 29 agreement between Pyongyang and Washington.

The U.S. says North Korean plans for a long-range rocket launch in mid-April threaten the deal.

In his letter, however, Amano notes that the agreement "is an important step in the right direction."

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